Current Issues

At CUFI, we are focused on several key issues with the goal of defending Israel’s strength, security, and sovereignty.

Iran: Khamenei Says Missile, Nuclear Programs Non-Negotiable

Friday, July 31, 2020

7/31/2020 Khamenei says ‘national capabilities,’ economy diversification key to withstanding US pressure Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said that the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs were not negotiable, Reuters reported Friday. In a televised address, Iran’s supreme leader also said that the US sanctions on his country “are aimed at collapsing our economy,” as well as … Read More

Israeli Scientists Find New Way to Predict Cancer’s Deadly Spread Through Body

Friday, July 31, 2020

7/31/2020 Israeli scientists have accidentally discovered a new way to predict the likelihood of cancer patients developing potentially life-threatening secondary tumors. One of the biggest worries of cancer patients is that after the removal of their primary tumor, secondary tumors will develop. Such secondary growths — known as metastasis — are responsible for 90 percent of cancer-related … Read More

Jewish Neighborhood Watch Volunteer Slashed in Brooklyn Street Confrontation

Friday, July 31, 2020

7/30/2020 A member of the Jewish neighborhood watch group Shomrim was slashed during a street confrontation in Brooklyn on Wednesday night, local media outlets reported. The incident took place shortly before 10 p.m. in the Borough Park, at the intersection of 46th Street and New Utrecht Avenue. The Shomrim volunteer was slashed below the knee … Read More

United Nations Appoints First ‘UN Focal Point’ to Monitor Antisemitism

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The United Nations has named Spanish diplomat Miguel Ángel Moratinos, High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), as its “Focal Point” responsible with monitoring antisemitism. Moratinos, appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, will now be tasked with “enhancing a system-wide response” to combat global antisemitism – within an international body that has long … Read More

Twitter: Unlike Trump Tweets, Khamenei’s ‘Eliminate Israel’ Posts Are Ok

Thursday, July 30, 2020

A Twitter official on Wednesday said that the tweets in which Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei calls for Israel’s destruction do not violate the company’s rules against hate speech, and indicated that they are considered mere “foreign policy saber-rattling.” “We have an approach toward leaders that says that direct interactions with fellow public figures, comments … Read More

Iran Fires Ballistic Missiles From Underground For 1st Time, During Major Drill

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched underground ballistic missiles for the first time, as part of an exercise involving a mock-up aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz, state television reported Wednesday. It was the latest barrage in a drill that the previous day saw two American bases temporarily go on alert over the launches. Drone … Read More

Survivors Launch Online Campaign to Ban Holocaust Denial From Facebook

Thursday, July 30, 2020

A group of Holocaust survivors launched a campaign on Wednesday calling on Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg to take immediate action to remove Holocaust denial from the social media site. Coordinated by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which “represents the world’s Jews in negotiating for compensation and restitution for victims of Nazi persecution,” … Read More

A Day of Mourning: Tisha B’Av

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Tonight marks the beginning of the most significant day of communal mourning on the Jewish calendar, Tisha B’Av or the ninth of Av (Av on the Jewish calendar corresponds to the month of July or August). On this day, Jews mourn many woes which have befallen them over the centuries, most importantly the destruction of … Read More

Iran Fires Missile at Mock Aircraft Carrier Resembling U.S. Warship

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard fired a missile from a helicopter targeting a replica aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state television reported on Tuesday. The exercise was aimed at threatening the U.S. amid tensions between Tehran and Washington. The drill, in a waterway through which 20% of all traded oil passes, underlines the lingering threat … Read More